Lares Valley Trek to Machu Picchu
Explore this magic trail
Explore this magic trail
If your are looking for an new experiences, out the classic Inka Trail. The Lares valley trek is a perfect alternative to the classic Inca Trail, this Lares trail still offers you the beauty of the Andes with less crowds and also offers you the opportunity to learn and experience the rural Andean life as the trail passes through very remote mountain communities. and here you have the opportunity to see the villagers with his traditional clothes like in the past time.
DAY 1: Cusco – Lares Hot Springs - Cuncani - Huacawasi base camp
DAY 2: Huacawasi - Lares Valley- Condor Pass - Queunayoc Base Camp
DAY 3: Queunayoc - Ollantaytambo - Aguas Calientes Village
DAY 4: The Expected Day – The Inca Citadel (Machu Picchu) - Cusco
Lares HotSprings, Lakes, Andean land scapes, Aguas Calientes Village, Machu picchu.
Departures:Our company has daily departures to Salkantay, since 2 to 10 participants maximum per group, we are a 100% direct trekking tour operator, sustainable and responsible with Nature.
After Breakfast, we will pick up you from your hotel, to travel for three hours to Lares village and Hot Springs (3200 meters/10,500 feet) the Lares trek trailhead. Here we will have a snack before entering the various pools of steaming and medicinal waters of the hot springs.
After that we will have a 3 hours gradual hike uphill, where we take our lunch and time for a short rest, then we will continue with a 3 hours uphill trek, through Lares valley, where has past streams, waterfalls and the native flora and fauna. After walk for 3 hours we arrived to our first campsite is at a small village where we can see the locals. Here we will have the possibility to share hot chocolate and bread with the local Quechua-speaking children. Finally, we take our dinner and take a rest all night.
You will be awakened today at 5:00AM with a hot cup of coca tea. After we take our delicious breakfast prepared by one of our professional.
We leave our campsite at 7:30AM for a 4 hour uphill trek with incredible Landscapes of the snow-capped peaks, llamas, alpacas, valleys, lagoons, and if we have lucky, a condor flying. Continuing with our walking we reach to the highest altitude called Condor’s Pass (4650 meters/15,250 feet); where we have a short break and soak of the magnificent views of the Lares Valley. Then we start our descent for another 1½ hour to place where we will have our lunch break and our chef will serve hot drinks and delicious family-style foods. Time for a short rest before to walk by 2-hour downhill afternoon to our campsite, where we will arrive for the evening and we have a super yummy dinner. Today you will probably be tired after a full day of trekking and want to go early to rest.
Today you have the opportunity to sleep more, at 6:30AM we get up accompanied by coca tea or hot chocolate. After packing up, breakfast will be served and around 8:00AM, and after we will start the last leg of our trek.
A four hour downhill trek, during the Lares trail we will exploring beautiful waterfalls, gigantic Rocky Mountains and a small Inca archaeological site, where your guide will provide you a short lesson in Inca history. At the end of the trail, you will have your final lunch before saying good-bye to all our team. After that, we will travel by car to Ollantaytambo Town, which is dominated by massive Inca stones. This quaint village is the best surviving example of Inca ancient cities, from here you’ll take the 2-hour train ride to Aguas Calientes town near to Machu Picchu, at the train station our personal will be wait you to transfer to the hotel. Moreover, here we have our last dinner (which is included) will be in a local restaurant. Your hotel in Aguas Calientes is a 2-star hotel with private bath and wifi. If you would like to upgrade, please let us know.
To have a great visit in Machupicchu we go out very early like 05th00 am. If we go out very early we avoid a big touristic groups and we enjoy much better the visit to Machupicchu.we enjoy a spectacular sunrise over mountains of Machupicchu if the weather is good. To go to Machupicchu citadel we will trip by bus this trip is around 40 minutes. On the way, you can see jungle sceneries. Finally we arrive to Machupicchu where you have 2 hours guide with our professional guide, during the guide we will visit vigilant house, Intiwatana that is located in the top part of citadel, Sun temple, condor temple and another important sectors.
After the guide, you will have free time to explore the citadel. At 15th00, you have to come back to Aguas Calientes town by bus to have your lunch and take your train until Ollantaytambo. In Ollantaytambo train station our personal wait you to transfer to hotel in Cusco.
• Extra night in Aguas Calientes $ 50.
• Huaynapicchu entrance ticket $ 18 (depends on availability).
• Sleeping Bag rent for the all trek $ 20.
• A pair of sticks $ 15 for the all trail.
• Adicional horse for carry your personal bags $ 50 per 3 days.
• Vistadone train service $ 60.
• Bus From Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes $ 15 USD
• Original ID documents (Passport)
• A good backpack or day backpack to carry your personal things
• Sleeping bag recommended -5 as minimum, walking sticks are recommended.
• Waterproof trekking boots.
• Warm clothes ( you can experience the four seasons in one day).
• 4 T-shirts, sun hat, two pairs of pants for the trek, gloves, 4 pairs of socks, raincoat, 1 warm jacket, extra layers.
• Camera with extra battery.
• Sunblock, sunglasses, insect repellent.
• Essential toiletries, toothbrush, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.
• Swimsuit for swim in thermal baths.
• Water bottle (no need to bring water pills).
• Personal first aid kit.
• Head lamp.
• Some plastic bags in the rainy season.
|Without Hotel||Every Day|
|with Hotel||Every Day|
Private tours are available and priced by party size.
Without hotel: -30 USD per person if you book for your own.
|Private Service||Departures||Price per person|
|02 Trekkers||Every Day||USD $ 620|
|03 Trekkers||Every Day||USD $ 600|
|04 Trekkers||Every Day||USD $ 550|
|05 Trekkers||Every Day||USD $ 530|
|06 -07 Trekkers||Every Day||USD $ 500|
|08 to + Trekkers||Every Day||USD $ 480|
Student Discounts apply to anyone who has a valid GREEN ISIC card at the time of the trek or is 16 years old or younger. For those using an ISIC card to receive the discount, we do need to see a copy of the card at booking. For those booking children 16 years old or younger, we need a copy of their passport at booking time. Please send all to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a 2 star hotel and is based on shared rooms - either double, matrimonial or triple. If you prefer a single room you have to add $30 US per person. All the rooms include private bathrooms with hot showers and wifi. We can also upgrade your hotel if you prefer something a little fancier or we can do the tour without hotel, if you prefer to book the hotel for Aguas Calientes for your own. Please remember that the service you receive in Aguas Calientes will not be quite as good as Cusco.